2010 Best/Worst Soap Opera Storylines
Sara Smythe. (Soaps.com)
The year is coming to a close and Soaps.com writers are dishing on which storylines in the soap operas grabbed them versus the ones that made them shake their heads! After you read, feel free to join in with your own best and worst list of 2010 and then wander over to read the best and worst characters of the year!
Lori Wilson shares thoughts on All My Children:
Best: Since I began covering All My Children in May, I have to say that Jake’s ex-wife Cara resurfacing is the storyline that has been the most riveting for me. It’s given us new compelling characters in the form of Griffin and Cara, a good storyline for Jake and Amanda and a little bit of mystery since it seems like there’s more to Cara’s story than we know. All the characters are likeable and the issue at hand, as well as the performances, are realistic and relatable without being boring. It’s even got Tad and Opal involved, both of whom haven’t had much to do lately. All in all, the makings of a good story and the promise of more good things to come.
Worst: Since Thorsten Kaye decided not to stay with the show when it moved west, he had to be written out, but Zach’s death fell completely flat. The days leading up to his death, viewers were force fed his and Kendall’s lovey doveyness. Zach then inexplicably left Kendall and his boys to help Greenlee and Ryan, the latter of whom he wasn’t too fond of. Then, his plane exploded, which we didn’t see, after him not appearing onscreen for the last episode or two. His death was weak at best and with characters returning from the dead every couple of months, it was hard to get emotionally invested in it.
Matthew Purvis talks about As the World Turns:
Best Storyline: Henry and Barbara falling for each other. It was probably the only story that actually worked really well in the last few months. They had great chemistry, it worked with their characters’ histories and it managed to weave in enough characters past and present that it could give the show direction toward the end… and a happy ending.
Worst Storyline: Jack and Carly’s predicable, cobbled together story had problems, but compared to Chris and Katie’s romance, their plot was masterpiece. Not only did the latter couple have zero chemistry, they had so little going on that they had to rip the heart out of Reid’s chest to try and give their plot some life.
Candace Young reveals her thoughts on The Bold and the Beautiful:
Best: The poignant and interesting storyline of Stephanie’s cancer diagnosis and her ensuing decision to live life differently has been brilliant. The fact that Brooke and Stephanie’s volatile relationship was woven into the plot and used to maximum effect is a large part of why this story had such impact for viewers. Seeing the plight of the homeless through the privileged eyes of Stephanie was also an excellent way to evoke drama while also being informative.
Worst: Brooke bonks Oliver by mistake? Really? Not only was this story far-fetched to the point of being almost completely unbelievable, but also it really left a bad taste in the mouths of viewers for a variety of reasons. What’s worse is that they’re barking up that same tree with the Brooke/Thomas storyline now. Hook-ups that are an ‘icky’ factor aren’t hot.
Christine Fix discusses Days of Our Lives:
Best: Though it got off to such a sluggish start, Hope’s prison time was the best storyline for me. The warden killing off inmates in order to provide University Hospital with body parts on demand was their most original in some time. The reveal of Dr. Ben Walters being in on it was a good twist. Hope being attacked by an inmate she put away was frightening as was the beating Lee gave her, but there was an almost immediate payoff with Bo breaking Hope out of prison. Amidst this, was one casualty. Carly, whose heart broke into a million pieces in front of our eyes. Very compelling and as I write, it’s not even over yet!
From Matt, Best storyline: Viv getting buried alive. There was a lot of re-hashing but I’d rather get high on that than whatever smoke Sami was blowing all year. For a few weeks, it was great fun. A lot of that was because it brought out the naughty side of Brady. Combined with his canoodling with Nicole, Vivian’s theatrics and Victor’s constant barbed jokes, it was almost like the old Days, which was the point I guess.
Worst: The Sydnapping was simply too much too soon and lacked entertainment quality. I'm not a fan of the 'made for television movies' which this was reminiscent of and have had enough of recycled baby storylines to last ten years. Along with this coming on the heels of Nicole's baby theft and Grace’s death, we had to watch Sami flit between her boy toys. It was difficult to become invested in either Safe or Ejami because Sami flips and flops between them so often. Because of the EJ and Sami show, we've missed out on the rest of the cast and a whole slew of original storylines they could have created in a more balanced fashion.
From Matt Worst storyline: The Stephanie-Melanie-Daniel-Nate-Chloe-Caroline-Philip etc paternity fiasco. What can I say? Most of the time this story makes me feel like I've been buried alive (and not without any of the handy tubes).
Lori Wilson opens up about General Hospital:
Best: After months of build up, Sonny discovered Dante was an undercover cop, who had infiltrated his organization, and shot him point blank in the chest. Moments later, Olivia burst in to tell him Dante was his son. Despite knowing what was going to happen, the tense moments and terrific performances leading up to this point, as well the fallout of the reveal, was truly must see TV for me.
Worst: When Claire came to Port Charles she was a no nonsense, tough as nails prosecutor intent on busting the Dimpled Don. Sadly, like many before her, those dimples got to her and she fell for Sonny, jeopardizing her career in the process. Aside from their lack of chemistry, I was furious every time I had to watch this once smart and respectable woman fall victim to Sonny's charms.
Amy Mistretta dishes on One Life to Live:
Best: Eli Clarke's Reign Of Terror. Eli turning into Llanview's latest psycho was a bit disappointing, due to the character's quick likability. However, from the moment we were let into his master plan, I was hooked. This turn of events not only devastated Blair yet again, it forced a well-respected doctor to go to great lengths to protect his family, and led those who loved Tea to mourn her in death, only to realize she was alive. It's been quite a while since I've been so hooked, devastated and thoroughly satisfied, all at once, over a storyline and its outcome.
Worst: Mitch Laurence brainwashing Jessica Brennan. From the first moment Jessica awoke and thought to be a senior in high school we were screaming for Mitch to brainwash some memories back into her! "Kill me now," was a phrase I used each time we were left to watch these ongoing scenes. The storyline as a whole involved many, which was the only good part about it, who were each given their own emotional connections to deal with. However, like many past storylines involving Mitch, it was too repetitive. How many times can this guy come back from the dead?
Candace Young chats about The Young and The Restless:
Best: The year began with Sharon married to Adam, and as it culminates, they have reconciled. What happened in between was that the walls finally came tumbling down on Adam. The unraveling of his lies and cover-ups, and the reveal of Faith's true identity made for some magnificent soap opera drama which included Ashley's reaction, the Newman and Abbott families' reactions, and the twist of Phyllis being the one to restore Sharon and Nick's child to them. Regardless of the relationships involved or the believability factor of Adam's machinations, this was a storyline with the big, dramatic payoff.
Worst: The storyline involving Lauren look-alike, Sara, and her evil young accomplices, Daisy and Ryder, avenging Sheila's death never caught on with viewers. The far-fetched factor of yet another doppelganger showing up in Genoa City so soon after the Katherine/Marge plot, and while Patty/Emily was still in town, doomed the tale. The offshoots of this storyline - Jana hooking up with Ryder, and Daisy returning to town pregnant, have proven to be equally unpopular plots.